NOW, WE’RE the last ones to judge a book by its cover here at FB Towers. Just because a bike (or a human) looks really pretty on the outside doesn’t mean it won’t stink on the inside, when you ride it (!)
But we’re willing to make exceptions sometimes. Like when we check out this new MV Agusta retro-race-replica prototype, the Superveloce 800. It’s based around an F3 800 supersports tool – which is a pretty sorted bike as it happens – but the cosmetics are totally new. That swoopy, gorgeous fairing is carbon fibre, and harks back to the firm’s days as top dog in the world GP championships under Agostini and the like.
There’s a sweet round headlamp, with LED internals and what looks like a yellow cast to the lighting. Mad. Up top is a light-amber windscreen, that sets off the red and silver nicely, and has a high-tech LCD dash tucked in behind. The seat unit accommodates a natty round LED tail light, and the SC Projects exhaust is a slick matt-black three-into-one-into-three job, with two exit pipes one side and one the other. Very late-60s, and we bet it sounds a treat too.
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There’s the usual Agusta chassis trickery – Brembos, Kineo rims, Ohlins, trellis frame – and we imagine it will ride like a good ‘un. Best of all, MV’s not messing about – they’re going to start building the buggers in the second half of next year. We reckon there’ll be a really strong market for this, depending on the price and final spec – it’s certainly spot-on in terms of its style and attitude.